Monday, December 13, 2010

Gym Rat

I've been a lot of things in this lifetime, and one of them is a gym rat .  .  .  And I say that with pride!  GYM RAT!!  I absolutely love working out, and get to the gym five or six times a week .  .  .  And, I consider myself VERY fortunate to enjoy it so much, both lifting and cardio (I really do need to do more stretching, but what guy likes to stretch?) .  .  .  Because, so many people despise exercise of any kind, and if we look around, we can see pretty quickly which ones they are .  .  .  I'm six feet, one eighty, and have been blessed with some great genes .  .  .  However, I still work my butt off at the gym, and hope I'll be able to continue that until my last day .  .  .

We're getting close to New Years Resolution time .  .  .  What's on YOUR list?  Maybe you already have some kind of regular fitness routine .  .  .  If so, congrats and keep it up!  If not, well .  .  .  You might want to think about it .  .  .  Because, we can give ourselves some terrific gifts, and one of the greatest is the gift of feeling good!  And, that is a happy byproduct of getting fit and then maintaining what we've worked hard to accomplish .  .  .   You don't have to kill yourself .  .  .  Slow and steady wins the race!  Avoiding injury is key, so be smart about it .  .  .

So choose something, ANYTHING, that eventually gets you to where you want to be .  .  .  Make it fun, but still strenuous enough to gain some benefit over time .  .  .  Your quality of life is hanging in the balance!  OK, that might be a little strong, but quality of life is SO important .  .  .  And when we feel good, everything else improves along with that .  .  .  And, do you know that many studies show that exercise is just as effective, if not more so, for many people than prescription medication for things like depression and anxiety?

A note especially for the ladies .  .  .  Adding some weight/resistance training has nothing but positive results .  .  .  Not only will it tone and define the muscles (and will NOT create bulkiness, so no worries there), but it will also strengthen the bones by stimulating them to absorb calcium .  .  .  Keeping osteoporosis at bay is so crucial!  It's never too soon to start .  .  .   And BTW, yoga can also strengthen upper body musculature and bones .  .  .  The key is to find something we like and that's fun .  .  .  There are plenty of fitness options out there .  .  .

So let's get that onto our Resolution List for 2011, and keep it there .  .  .

Life is beautiful baby!

Peace and love .  .  .

Until next time .  .  .  Ciao!!

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